Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Char & Ash / Remote

Howie Good's latest book of poetry is The Complete Absence of Twilight (2014) from MadHat Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely, who does most of the real work.

Char & Ash

The history that began
with a signed urinal
was extinguished
with rain disasters in India.

Somewhere I still have
a picture postcard
from the gift shop
at Kafka’s birthplace.

Nostalgia just isn’t
what it used to be.

Panics keep happening,
followed swiftly
by lewd gestures.

There was a time
when the pullout couch
at your parents’
would have served
as enough of a haven,

even with you & me
& everyone else
crying, Squish over!


It never happens, tomorrow never happens, the London gangster says, more to himself than to his double-crossing partner, who isn’t listening anyway and wouldn’t understand the concept of built-in obsolescence even if he were. In the news clip Ukrainians – or are they Iranians? – shake automatic weapons over their heads. The contestant on another channel is struggling to remember the name of the fourth Beatle. At least he knows you must state the answer as a question, which only proves, I guess, that the heart was and still is A) a highway B) a jailhouse or C) an empty bed.  

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